Monday, June 25, 2012

Anyway.

"Anyway." I found this prayer for thought recently. It was found on Mother Teresa's wall in her room in Calcutta. That fact was published in 1995 and since then the poem has grown in popularity worldwide and many people attribute the poem to be written by Mother Teresa herself. It turns out that the work was originally written by Kent M. Keith in 1968 when he was 19 years old and a sophomore at Harvard. He titled this poem "The Paradoxical Commandments" and was actually a part of a greater book he was writing at the time. Mother Teresa's version was titled "Anyway" and was missing 2 stanzas. Below is the original. I truly adore it and wanted to share the love with everyone.

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              People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.  Forgive them anyway.
            If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway.
            If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
           If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.  Be honest and sincere anyway.
            What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.  Create anyway.
            If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.  Be happy anyway.
            The good you do today, will often be forgotten.  Do good anyway.
         Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.  Give your best anyway.
         In the final analysis, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway.


Have a wonderful week :)

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